Public Protector to investigate N West mining workers royalties

Public Protector to investigate N West mining workers royalties

The Public Protector is to investigate a case where millions of rands in North West mining royalties went missing. Busisiwe Mkhwebane addressed the provincial legislature on Thursday on the mysterious D account. Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela investigated the matter for five years. She found monies paid by mining group Lonmin. The monies were destined for the upliftment of the community. Mkhwebane says, “The bigger investigation on the whole D account is where we will…

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Commemorating Human Rights day: so past atrocities are not repeated

Commemorating Human Rights day: so past atrocities are not repeated

The Democratic Alliance Johannesburg South Constituency commemorated Human Rights day by visiting the Apartheid Museum. “Although many of our Councillors and activists had other commitments on that day, we managed to get a sizable number of DA members together to commemorate this day,” explained Manny de Freitas MP, Member of Parliament for Johannesburg South. De Freitas said that we must never forget the human rights violations committed against South Africans in the past so that…

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Spur incident should assist us in building our rainbow nation

Spur incident should assist us in building our rainbow nation

Letter to the Editor by Manny de Freitas MP Dear Editor, It seems that everyone is talking about the recent incident that took place this weekend at the Spur in The Glen in Oakdene. The filming of the incident appears to have started without the background to the incident being explained. Without contextualising the incident, it becomes more difficult to understand what led to the incident between the man and woman. However, the truth of…

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Kathrada remains hospitalised

Kathrada remains hospitalised

Press statement Anti-apartheid struggle veteran Ahmed Kathrada’s condition remains unchanged. He is currently still in hospital in Johannesburg. The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation Director, Neeshan Balton, dispelled the malicious rumour circulating that Kathrada had passed on. “We condemn these rumours and request the public to refrain from reposting or spreading fake news or any updates that cannot be verified. We reiterate our commitment to providing regular and accurate updates about Mr Kathrada’s condition both to the…

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Palestine billboard vandalized, case of malicious damage to property opened with SA police

Palestine billboard vandalized, case of malicious damage to property opened with SA police

Israeli lobbyists have cowardly vandalised an #IsraeliApartheidWeek (IAW) Palestine billboard near Johannesburg’s OR Tambo airport. The billboard was put up earlier this month as part of the recent #IsraeliApartheidWeek campaign. A case of malicious damage to property has been opened at the Kempton Park police station and we look forward to the SA police services finding the perpetrators and having them face the full might of the law. Israel and its supporters have turned to…

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New Joburg mayor Mashaba takes a swipe at former ANC regime

New Joburg mayor Mashaba takes a swipe at former ANC regime

New Joburg mayor, Herman Mashaba, says the time of residents staring at expensive billboards or listening to radio adverts about a ‘World Class African City’ while they do not have basic services, has come to an end. Delivering his inaugural speech, after 22 days in office, Mashaba said that the time for campaigning and politicking is over. “We face great challenges that no party can confront on its own. Now is the time for all…

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DA’s Herman Mashaba appointed as mayor of Joburg

DA’s Herman Mashaba appointed as mayor of Joburg

The DA’s Herman Mashaba has been elected as the new mayor of the City of Johannesburg, giving the opposition party a clean-sweep of top spots at all three ‘hotly contested’ municipalities in 2016. Throughout proceedings, councillors from all parties caused disruptions as the EFF clashed with the ANC, and observers fiercely debated the definition of a “secret” ballot. Events took a tragic turn when an unnamed ANC councillor collapsed during proceedings, leading to a 15 minute delay….

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SA lashes out over terror alerts

SA lashes out over terror alerts

The South African government has lashed out at the US, UK and Australian governments for warning of an impending terrorist attack on its citizens in South Africa. The government, in a statement, accused the three foreign powers of attempting to influence and control its counter-terrorism work. It also accused the three powers of trying to “generate perceptions of government ineptude, alarmist impressions and public hysteria on the basis of a questionable single source.” The government…

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Mall of Africa opens its doors

Mall of Africa opens its doors

Despite tight household budgets thousands of shoppers are flocking to the new Mall of Africa in Midrand, Johannesburg. The mall, which is the size of 78 rugby stadia, has officially opened its doors for business with thousands of shoppers taking advantage of specials. This has resulted in traffic congestion around the mall. According to Mall of Africa’s website, the mail  is South Africa’s largest shopping Mall ever built in a single phase, with 130 000m2…

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DA has few new policies as election looms

DA has few new policies as election looms

Still no clarity on land or BEE, but Paul Boughey says a number of policies are completed or near completion ahead of the election manifesto launch. The Democratic Alliance may be going into the 2016 local government elections on August 3 with a new-look leadership under Mmusi Maimane, but many of its policies are from the old DA regime and, despite promises, have yet to be updated. Maimane is scheduled to be the main speaker…

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